chapter  5
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Turning the Corner

Two months after V-J Day, the first postwar product in the TV industry was unveiled by RCA. It was the “Image Orthicon” TV camera, developed for the military to be 100 times more sensitive to light than prewar TV cameras. The camera had “the eyes of a cat,” proclaimed RCA in its trade advertisements. “Television broadcasts will no longer be confined to brilliantly illuminated special studios, nor will outdoor events fade as the afternoon sun goes down.”1 RCA planned to market the new camera to TV stations in six months.